It's highly unlikely that Coleman will serve jail time. He faces a $500 fine if makes a court appearance next month. Far worse, however, the NFL might decide to suspend him after Coleman flipped and totaled his Cadillac Escalade last fall. According to a report filed by the Hall County sheriff's department, Coleman had been drinking but was not charged after he passed a series of field sobriety tests.
Coleman's episode with DeKalb police occurred as he rode in the front passenger seat of his Land Rover. Roderick Coleman and a backseat passenger were charged after police indicated Coleman became irate as he tried to produce a current insurance card.
"Do you know who I am?" Coleman allegedly asked rhetorically. "I play for the Falcons."
When pressed to give his side of the story for the first time since the incident, however, Monday, Coleman demurred, though he later added that he realizes the impact his foundation can have on youngsters.
"It's real big, you know?" Coleman said. "Because growing up, I had a couple of people that used to pull me aside and tell me some of the mistakes they made."